Review by Upstatemetal.com
Reaching out a bit to the Long Island area, Fear of None roars mightily from all the way out there (I realize this is UPSTATE Metal and 315 Music Reviews, but I enjoy reaching out to artists all over the world). With a sound that combines “core” brutality and melodic sensibility, these guys prove that they aren’t messing around. They have a full-length album up on their page and on iTunes, and it is definitely worth a listen. The band seems to be a mix of styles that combine to form a unique, fun, blood-pumping brand of metal. I’d say that the best part of this band is their guitar work, which is full of heavy riffs, excellent patterns, and occasional variety in sounds (even ACOUSTIC, if you can believe that). The drums and bass are also an excellent rhythm section. The drums particularly show variety with some heart-pounding beats and technicalities, as well as some patterns that aren’t too common for modern metalcore. The lyrics are moving and powerfully delivered with alternating brutal and softer vocals, yet sound a little fuzzy at times. The vocals, among other slight things, show a little lack in production value, but it is made up for completely with the muci itself. This is a band that doesn’t need perfect production, because it’s supposed to be raw, gritty, and in your face, and the best way to do that is to worry about the music first and production second. They are able to accomplish the mission of showing off who they are without flawless production, and what they have far from takes away from the quality of the sound, as it’s still something to be proud of. In essence, this is a band that shows its determination and heart through its music, and could probably sound good on a tape recorder. In conclusion, I’d say that Fear of None is an excellent band with the perfect name, because they display no fear of anyone’s opinions or remarks; they just do what they want, when they want, and how they want, and it’s something I definitely appreciate about them and find makes them believable.
-Steve Sbiroli, 315MR (Upstate Metal)
Review by Headbangtoday.com
From the first song I listened to ( Homeward Bound ), I could hear the music and vocals hinting at their influences, but in a new way, almost combining the influences into one, instead of sounding like one of the bands, and that lead to something completely new for me. The instrumentals on the song were awesomely done, with nice break downs for the more hardcore parts in the song, and the vocals suit it perfectly, with the vocals ranging from a more emotional style singing, to a deep scream for the heavier parts. I felt the screaming fitted in really well with the instrumental sounds that were being layed down, and the more I listened to it something just became clearer and clearer – I could just imagine them at a live show, seeing the crowd scream with the music, jumping around. Awesome. m/ Now onto the third song I listened to ( Holding On ), this song wasn’t as heavy as the other songs that I listened to before, but I could feel the Killswitch Engage influence in it, it came across with an insanely emotional feel to it, much like the earlier Killswitch Engage work, when Jesse was the vocalist. Hmmm the fourth song ( Volition ) was one of the heaviest songs I listened to, with heavy break downs and screaming for those parts, and then going into a more melodic chorus, much like All That Remains does. And then right that back into the heavier part, this would be perfect for a metal crowd, with people moshing and then stopping for a breather only to sing the melodic part, and then get back into the mosh for the heavier parts, I know I’d go insane. m/ The last song I listened to ( Where Does It Lie ), was actually heavier than the previous song, the guitars were faster, the break downs heavier, and the screams were deeper, and sometimes the screams went into a more high pitched scream much like the screams in the Death Metal genre. The song was constructed brilliantly, and I had to listen to it quite a few times, just because it was that awesome m/. After about 1:30 of what I would call a ‘moshers-paradise’ , the song has a little chill session, only to end in a really long scream that builds you up for more of the heavy screaming, that then gets followed by some normal vocals, and then some more screaming, I’m sure the Killswitch Engage fans, will feel right at home here. As the song comes to an end, you really just want to listen to it again… and again… and again… Well I don’t really know what to say, this band blew me away, not only was I impressed, but I am now looking forward to hearing all their new stuff, the elements that they took from their various influences were masterfully crafted into something out of this world. For those of you that like your metal heavy, and the vocals overpowering – then this is definitely for you. With sufficient moshing material for the ‘pit fiends’, and some awesome guitar work to keep the instrumental enthusiasts occupied, it should leave metal fans satisfied, and with a smile on their faces like Prawns stuffed on catfood :P. I highly recommend this band, if you enjoy this type of music, and I also need to recommend that last song ( Where Does It Lie ), it was amazing. Well from my highly satisfied point of view. I give Fear of None, 4.5 / 5 horns m/. Well done Gents looking forward to more.
- Wraithfiend (Headbangtoday.com